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7.00 Strange Celestial Road - a journey into music and myths of Sun Ra

For the 79 years he was on planet Earth, Sun Ra forged his own unique pathway through modern history, from an era of steam trains, early jazz and player pianos, to a world of spaceships, synthesizers and abstract noise. Ra claimed that he was an angel, sent from Saturn to rescue the people of Earth through music. He talked in rhymes and parables, creating his own character set in an intricately constructed world, taking in aspects of ancient Egypt, religions, esoteric knowledge and outer space. Through this series Dan Beban looks into the vast recorded archive of Sun Ra’s music, and plots a course through the myths and legends of his life.

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9.00 Relevant Tones

In the Field: Finland Part 1

The next installment of In the Field brings us to a country that has exported a dizzying list of big name composers and conductors in the last couple of decades: Finland. We’ll talk with established composers and rising stars about their music and the lasting influence of the Sibelius Academy. (WFMT)

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Kaija Saariaho: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Notes on Light, I (excerpt)
Orchestre de Paris/Eschenbach; Karttunen (cello)
Ondine 11302

Kalevi Aho: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, II (Presto)
Piet Van Bockstal (ob), Lahti SO/Martyn Brabbins
BIS 1876

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, III (Pulse II)
Leila Josefowicz (vln), Finnish Radio SO/Esa-Pekka Salonen
DG 001752102

Lotta Wennäkoski: Love and Life of a Woman (excerpts)
Eija Räisänen (sop), Riikka Rantanen (mezzo), Avanti Ensemble/Tuomas Hanniakinen
Alba 253

Osmo Tapio Räihälä: Barlinnie Nine (excerpt)
Finnish Radio SO
Alba 367

Tomi Räisänen: Stheno
Erik Bosgraaf  (recorder tubes), Izhar Elias (gtr)
Phenom Records 0713

Kaija Saariaho: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Notes on Light, V
Orchestre de Paris/Eschenbach; Karttunen (cello)
Ondine 11302